Lindsay Flanagan, American Marathoner, Great American 5000

Rick talks with American distance runner, Lindsay Flanagan, this week on “Tech of Sports.”

Lindsay is one of the runners participating in the virtual race, Great American 5000, which started this week to raise money for charity. Lindsay finished 9th overall (3rd American woman) at the 2019 Boston Marathon in 2:30:07 2020 Summer Olympics Qualification standard by finishing top 10 in a World Marathon Majors. She also competed in the 2017 World Championships. She had a stellar collegiate career at the University of Washington.

Ten female runners who participated in the Feb. 29 Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta will run across the United States, virtually. They, as a team, will participate in the Great American 5000 – a brand new event on Flag Day, June 14, 2020.

The Great American 5000 will be made up of teams (up to 12 or 24 runners) running 5,000 km (3,107 miles) virtually from the Pacific near San Francisco to the Atlantic near New York City. Teams will collectively run for 24 hours each day and send in how far they covered. An online map will track their virtual progress across the country. A leaderboard will show how they compare to other teams. First team to the Atlantic Ocean near New York wins! The Great American 5000 is presented by Sports Backers, a nonprofit active-living organization based in Richmond, VA.

Feeding America will serve as the event charity partner of the Great American 5000. Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, and thanks to donations, their network of food banks, pantries, and meal programs serves virtually every community in the United States. Along with making a donation to Feeding America during the registration process, participants can also fundraise on their behalf.

Lindsay represents ASICS and also serves as an online coach for up and coming runners here:

Great talking to Lindsay and see more about the Great American 5000 and Sports Backers here: